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Church Polity
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[German Version]

I. Early Church – II. Middle Ages – III. Reformation – IV. Modern Period – V. Present – VI. Practical Theology

I. Early Church

The church polity projected and in part realized in early Christianity is one of the most significant institutional inventions of Late Antiquity. Since it has survived into the present, with many modifications and variations, it also represents an element of cont…

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Löhr, Winrich, Dingel, Irene, Ohst, Martin, Weitlauff, Manfred, Pirson, Dietrich, Bier, Georg, Schneider, Johann and Merkel, Friedemann, “Church Polity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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